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Robert McDuffie

  • Violinist


Robert McDuffie recent appearances abroad have been at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, in France with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquetaine, at the Philharmonie in Cologne with the Bochum Symphoniker, in Seoul with the KBS Symphony, in Taipei with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, in Hamburg with the Hamburg Symphony, followed by a 22 city US tour, in Jerusalem with the Jerusalem Symphony, including a 16 city US tour, and with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This season is highlighted by the premiere of Concerto for Violin No. 2, The American Four Seasons, a new work by Philip Glass written for Robert McDuffie - the World Premiere with the Toronto Symphony, the European Premiere with the London Philharmonic, the US Premiere at the Aspen Music Festival. He will record the concerto, with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop for the Orange Mountain label. He returns to the Cartagena, Aspen, and Amelia Island Festivals, as well as the Rome Chamber Music Festival, where he is Founder and Artistic Director. He played with the National Symphony Orchestra on the West Lawn of the Capitol in the annual Memorial Day Celebration, which was televised live over PBS. Future plans include a US tour in 2012 with the Dûsseldorf Symphony with Andrey Boreyko, performing the Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concertos. He will tour with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, performing the Glass Concerto for Violin No. 2 and the Vivaldi Four Seasons - a 30 city tour of the US in the fall of 2010; a tour of Europe in the fall of 2011; and a tour of Asia in the fall of 2012.

McDuffie is a Grammy nominated artist, whose acclaimed Telarc and EMI recordings include the violin concertos of Mendelssohn, Bruch, Adams, Glass, Barber, Rozsa, Bernstein, William Schuman, and Viennese favorites. He plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu violin, known as the "Ladenburg". He has been profiled on NBC's "Today", "CBS Sunday Morning", PBS's "Charlie Rose", A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts", and in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Robert McDuffie holds the Genelle and Mansfield Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. In fall 2009, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University entered its third academic year. The Mayor of Rome has recently awarded Robert McDuffie the prestigious Premio Simpatia in recognition of his contribution to the cultural life of that city. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.